Jim Wulpi  


Sunrise and Calm Seas by Jim Wulpi

April 2021 - Sunrise and Calm Seas

April 2021 - Jim Wulpi

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About the Image(s)

I had opportunity to spend a couple weeks in St Augustine FL last month (February). Each morning, I would make it a priority to start my day watching and photographing the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean. Surprisingly, the were multiple successive days of clear skies and exceptionally calm sea. Also surprising was the presence of a long-dead tree on the upper beach that had just enough room to allow me to get behind it and place something interesting in the foreground.

Over the course of those days that had good skies, I took perhaps 100 variations of this image. I used a flash to help put some light onto the tree to prevent it from being a silhouette. I used many variations of flash power, diffusion, bouncing flash light off of a large white plastic lid in order to get a soft light on the back side.

What do you think of the overall composition?
What do you think about the amount of light on the tree?

Canon 6D MkII 1/40 sec f20 ISO 800
Lens: EF24-105 f4 IS USM @50mm with a Circular Polarizing filter


16 comments posted




Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
Very imaginative and interesting. It takes an ordinary sunrise and brings it to the next level.   Posted: 04/01/2021 13:05:56
Jim Wulpi   Jim Wulpi
Thank you for the comment, Larry. It was a labor of love - and learning!   Posted: 04/01/2021 21:49:15



Jaqueline Whalen   Jaqueline Whalen
I love how you were able to bring out detail in the tree trunk. It makes the image far more interesting and there is a tension between the detail of the near and the detail of the sunrise. This lures the viewer to walk into your image andreally be there with you. Love it!   Posted: 04/02/2021 07:32:42



Karen Botvin   Karen Botvin
Jim, if you were in St Augustine, you were only about 15-20 miles away from me. I live just south of were you were photographing. I really like your composition and the way you captured the sun coming up from under the tree. In my opinion, the tree is too light for a morning sunrise. There would be shadows on the tree from the angle that it was shot as its back is to the sunrise. Next time you come to shoot sunrise, consider bringing a graduated neutral density filter instead of the circular polarizer. At f/20 you may get a sunburst and you should be able to reduce your ISO and shutter speed. Nice image.   Posted: 04/02/2021 11:13:23
Jim Wulpi   Jim Wulpi
Karen,
Thank you for your comments. Please see my response to your bird image relating to Palm Coast.
The light I attempted to put on "my" side of the tree was to try to simulate what I was actually seeing at that time - knowing that the direct sun would try to render it as a silhouette in an image. My side of the tree was not very dark. I'll have to try the Graduated ND filter.   Posted: 04/02/2021 15:11:57
Jim Wulpi   Jim Wulpi
Karen,
Thank you for your comments. Please see my response to your bird image relating to Palm Coast.
The light I attempted to put on "my" side of the tree was to try to simulate what I was actually seeing at that time - knowing that the direct sun would try to render it as a silhouette in an image. My side of the tree was not very dark. I'll have to try the Graduated ND filter.   Posted: 04/02/2021 15:11:58



Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
What a unique sunrise shot perhaps symbolizing "light at the end of the tunnel". Thanks for the lessons in use of flash to improve a backlit object. I'm quite new to this, but think the lighting on the branch came out well to reveal the pastel shades. You could argue that masking in some shade might be helpful, but I don't think so.   Posted: 04/03/2021 13:19:45
Jim Wulpi   Jim Wulpi
Piers,
I'm truly honored to be able to actually introduce someone to a new "trick". I did a great deal of experimenting with various means to get light from the flash onto the backside of the branch, so I'm still learning, too.
Thanks for your comments.   Posted: 04/03/2021 13:25:36



Martin Newland   Martin Newland
This is a great image, Jim, and I couldn't resist having a play with it. I hope you don't mind.
I have cropped out some of the sand in the foreground and the right hand side of the tree. I have cloned out the line of seaweed. Also I have increased the saturation and painted in some of the colour into the top corners as they feel a little cold. I have tried to tease out some more detail in the branch as I regard this as the "hero" of the image.   Posted: 04/03/2021 21:18:01
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Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
From an outsider, I like both images. I think Martin has perhaps presented a truer to life version of the backlit branch with more impact, but the quieter shades of Jim's version is also effective.   Posted: 04/04/2021 15:03:44
Jim Wulpi   Jim Wulpi
Thank you for your re-editing effort, Martin. I like what you did, especially with the lightness and detail of the tree. I tried to bring the detail out as much as I knew how to do, but, like I said, I've still got a lot to learn about editing.
Could you please describe the software you used and the tools within that to get the greater detail in the wood?
It would be appreciated.
Regards.
  Posted: 04/04/2021 20:36:03
Jim Wulpi   Jim Wulpi
ALL,
You comments have ALL been extrememly kind as well as beneficial to me. That's what were here for, right?
Future efforts of this type will include "focus stacking" to get both the foreground in sharp focus as well as the distant horizon/sun.
I attempted, with this shot(s), to get the hyperfocal distance correct so that it could all be captured in a single frame. I may have been just a touch too close to the tree to achieve that well.
  Posted: 04/04/2021 21:12:17
Martin Newland   Martin Newland
The enhancement of the tree was done in Lightroom (Camera Raw in Photoshop).
I firstly increased the saturation of the whole image. That brought out some of the golden sun reflection on the lower edge of the wooden arch of the tree.
I can't remember the exact settings I used for the branch, but I used the adjustment brush. I tried painting in different settings for Contrast, Brightness and Dehaze.   Posted: 04/04/2021 23:49:49
Jim Wulpi   Jim Wulpi
Thank you for your re-editing effort, Martin. I like what you did, especially with the lightness and detail of the tree. I tried to bring the detail out as much as I knew how to do, but, like I said, I've still got a lot to learn about editing.
Regards.   Posted: 04/05/2021 15:05:20



Shirley Pohlman   Shirley Pohlman
Jim, interesting comments from everyone on what to me is a very lovely capture. The tree almost looks like a sea urchin. The sun is beautifully framed. I also think that the tree needs to be deepened some to give more contrast with the tone of the sky. Martin did some magic in his editing, and I assume he even changed the perspective some that draws me into the sun differently. Nice capture, and I admire your having the patience to try multiple days.   Posted: 04/10/2021 16:28:01



Jim Wulpi   Jim Wulpi
Thanks all for your comments and editing tips on my image. I've used them to modify my original image submitted above and have now entered it in my local photo club's May competition in the "open - No Nature" category. I couldn't enter it in the Nature category due to the footprints in the sand. I'll let you know how it fares in that competition.   Posted: 04/22/2021 09:22:37



 

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